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Virginia, Utah, & Philippines Temple Groundbreaking Dates Announced

Virginia, Utah, & Philippines Temple Groundbreaking Dates Announced

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreaking dates for the Richmond Virginia Temple, the Alabang Philippines Temple, and the Layton Utah Temple. Richmond Virginia Temple—April 11, 2020 The groundbreaking for the Richmond Virginia Temple will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only. The groundbreaking service will …

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Here’s Your First Look Inside the Durban South Africa Temple

The 10-day open house for the Durban South Africa Temple began yesterday on January 22, 2020. In celebration of the open house, the first photographs of the interior have been released to the public. The temple design was inspired by the buildings of downtown Durban. The corners of the building and tower employ simple and elegant detail, while fluted stone …

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First Presidency Announces Adjustments in Temple Ceremonial Clothing

Church Offers Condolences After Mexico Massacre

Latter-day Saints wear ceremonial clothing inside temples as part of the most sacred ordinances, or ceremonies, of their faith. In a letter released Friday, The First Presidency has recently made adjustments to the clothing to be more simple, comfortable, and cost-effective, as well as to enhance the temple experience for patrons. This change does not alter the sacred nature of …

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Exterior Rendering Released of Bengaluru India Temple

An exterior rendering has been released showing the planned Bengaluru India Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 38,670-square-foot temple will be built on a 1.62-acre site at 2-B, Garudachar Palya, Mahadevapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka, in India. The temple was announced in April 2018 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. In addition to construction of the temple, …

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Elder Cook Meets With Philippine President Duterte

Elder Cook Meets With Philippine President Duterte

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Wednesday, January 15, for a 35-minute courtesy visit. “The visit was exceptional. He was warm and gracious,” said Elder Cook, who was joined at the Malago Clubhouse at Malacañan Palace by Elder Evan …

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Elder Christofferson Counsels Young Adults to Commit to Christ

Elder Christofferson Counsels Young Adults to Commit to Christ

Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk to the Church’s global cadre of young adults ages 18 to 30 addressed on Sunday night several major concerns that may cause some of them to shy away from a life committed to faith or religious community. In his evening address, which originated from Utah Valley University in Orem, the apostle said some avoid organized …

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Elder Quentin L. Cook Ministers in Philippines After Volcanic Eruption

After the eruption of the Taal Volcano, located about 35 miles south of Manila, Elder Quentin L. Cook has turned the focus of his visit to the Philippines to ministering. The volcano, which erupted for the first time in 43 years on January 12, 2020, created a large plume of dangerous ash, steam, and rocks. Elder Cook, an apostle of …

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Final Giving Machine Donation Total Released and It’s Staggering

Final Giving Machine Donation Total Released and It's Staggering

In an update from the Church Newsroom, the final report for the Light the World Giving Machines has been released. Givers worldwide generously donated $6,281,121 to designated charities by purchasing 255,814 items for those in need from Giving Machines. Known for their bright red color and interesting donations, the Giving Machines allowed passerbys to purchase items for both local and …

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Multicultural Choir Announced for April 2020 Conference + How to Apply

Apply for Multicultural Choir Just Announced for April 2020 Conference

According to a news release posted on the Church’s official website, a multicultural choir will perform at the April 2020 General Conference, which will be “unique” and “unforgettable” according to President Russell M. Nelson. Though few details have been released, this choir is our first glimpse at what is to come. Those who wish to apply to sing in the …

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Salt Lake Temple Officially Under Construction as Decommissioning Begins

Salt Lake Temple Officially Under Construction as Decommissioning Begins

Within hours of the closure of the Salt Lake Temple for an extensive renovation, workers got busy transitioning the sacred structure from a working temple to a construction site. This process, known as decommissioning, takes several weeks. It is an important first step in the yearslong project that will restore and refresh the historic temple and help strengthen it against …

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